The Buccaneers need to manage Kyle Trask expectations
This might be the toughest pill to swallow for both sides. With that being said, Trask is a Day Two quarterback. There are no guarantees for the Pro-Trask or Anti-Trask brigade. Success in college means nothing here, but the coaching staff clearly saw enough to spend a priority pick on an intriguing option.
This will be an uphill battle for Trask. People will be quick to mention Brady as another long shot, but expecting every mediocre quarterback prospect to turn into the greatest player of all time because Brady did it will lead to some disappointment.
This team will have a much better chance of winning in 2022 with several trade or free-agent options at QB, but if none of them are available, using Trask over Gabbert is the right use of resources.
Trask starting in 2022 gives the Bucs one of two great outcomes: if he succeeds, the Bucs find their next starting quarterback. Trask is on a rookie deal, has some great supporting pieces, and the Buccaneers wouldn’t have to deal with the years of question marks again.
On the other hand, there is also a chance that Trask isn’t the answer. This also works for the Bucs because bad first-year quarterbacks usually lead to stellar draft positions, and the class of 2023 should have more than one NFL-ready quarterback.
Accepting that this is essentially a tryout for Trask is where fans have to be able to leave their fandom at the door. If it works, great. If it doesn’t, this roster doesn’t really have the time to sit around and wait. A losing season in 2022 would already be a waste with the options on the board, but the coaching staff and front office set these events in motion a year ago when they made the pick.
Either way, the Buccaneers are in a good spot going forward, and making sure that the quarterback situation is handled correctly is where all of the success starts and stops.
No one knows what to expect from Kyle Trask, but the coming months and potentially years should be exciting.
The Bucs just have to make sure to go all-in for Trask if they actually want to see what he can do.
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